25 September 2023

Crime pays for forensic students

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The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has hosted a Forensic Schools Day to give students from local schools and colleges a chance to see behind-the-scenes at crime scene facilities and experience forensic science equipment first hand.

Chief Executive of CIT, Leanne Cover said exposure to this environment helped students get a better understanding of forensic science beyond what they might encounter in their day-to-day lives.

“Forensics qualifications can open the door to many exciting industries and a diverse range of career opportunities,” Ms Cover said.

“CIT has an on-site forensic house for students to develop practical skills, and the training technology is first class, with excellent industry connections and pathways for industry collaboration.”

She said the National Centre for Forensic Studies was a partnership between CIT, the University of Canberra and the Australian Federal Police.

“Working on both a local and national level, the Centre develops and delivers enhanced education, training and research opportunities for the benefit of both the partner agencies and the wider forensic science community,” Ms Cover said.

“Students enjoyed a tour of the crime scene facilities, mock scenarios and demonstrations of equipment such as the Polilight and a fingerprinting exercise using casts and powders.”

She said a summary of the CIT forensic programs and study requirements was also provided to interested students, presenting the young people with options about their pathways and futures.

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